The year might be ending, but the best part has just begun.
As of September 22nd, the northern hemisphere officially entered its peak time of the year: autumn. We are again thrust into a strange state between extremes. Summer has ended, and winter is creeping closer.
By the time Fall starts, you may already feel as if the season has been in full swing for a while, at least on paper. Kids are now comfortably in school; pumpkin spice lattes and their iterations are featured on coffee shop menus. Sure, stores can try to force the season in, but only nature can truly do that. That’s why Christmas doesn’t start in August, even though Christmas merch hits the shelves in some stores by then.
There are a few Fall hallmarks to me that signal the start of the best season. First is probably not a universal experience — I wake up early to run. Although it is mildly frustrating to stumble around my dark room for my running clothes, I know I’ll be rewarded with a brilliant sunrise. Or, as I live in a valley, with spooky fog and cobwebs covering shrubbery.
There are the more obvious markers of Fall that are just as wonderful. Autumn outfits require minimal layering: enough that you’re warm and cozy, but not bulky or overbearing.
Friends inviting you to apple-picking, pumpkin-picking, hayrides with cider. Everything Halloween: decorating, outfit-planning, baking. Even if you’re not one for Halloween, Fall brings a sense of nostalgia for back when you trick-or-treated and jumped into piles of leaves.
And of course, the most obvious: the leaves. It’s fun to pass by a tree every day and see the transition from green to gold to red to brown to gone.
The bright trees are fiery without the heat of summer. They’re almost like cherry trees that briefly blossom in the spring: the pink flowers are only going to be there for so long, and you know you have to appreciate them while they’re there. The leaves have been on these other trees for months, but can change and Fall within the span of a few days.
Autumn is often a very busy time, but little reminders like the leaves give you reasons to sit back, relax, and reflect. Plenty of other people have recognized this: they’ve written extensively about why these few months are the greatest of the year.
Change can be beautiful, and Fall highlights this, so here are some of our picks of the best Fall quotes reminding you why Autumn is the best season, hands-down.
1. Fall is a fresh start.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. It offers so much to be thankful for.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”—L.M. Montgomery
3. Ends are, in some ways, spectacular beginnings.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale”—Lauren DeStefano
4. Fall can offer a fresh perspective, too.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”—Albert Camus
5. It really does seem like the earth is smiling sometimes, most of all in fall.
“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile”—William Cullen Bryant
6. … though also, the smile can come from within.
“I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature”—Friedrich Nietzsche
7. In autumn, it’s easier to pay attention to the little things.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me”—Emily Brontë
8. The little things become the most enjoyable.
“I am such an autumn person. Give me a quiet, cozy spot with a simple view of gorgeous trees with colorful leaves on a crisp September day, fuzzy socks, a warm drink, and a good book and I will be in all my glory”—McKenna Kaelin
9. There’s nothing quite like a fall morning.
“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end day’s beginnings”—Terri Guillemets
10. The cooler weather makes room for other beautiful things.
“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened”—Raquel Franco
11. Fall ignites your imagination.
“Wild is the music of autumnal winds / Amongst the faded woods”—William Wordsworth
12. You can’t be mad when a fall day is done, because its sunset is breathtaking.
“I see … the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done”—Mattie Elliott
13. While fall is often described as calm and quiet, it can be pretty fierce.
“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees”—Fath Baldwin
14. Each autumn month has something different to offer.
“It was November, the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines”—L.M. Montgomery
15. Leaves provide a deep metaphor that can be applied to life as a whole.
“How beautiful the leaves grow old, how full of light and color are their last days”—John Burroughs
16. You can find elements of other seasons in Fall.
“Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all”—Starley Horowitz
17. You can fall back into memories of jumping into leaf piles and other childhood autumn traditions.
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves”—Joe L. Wheeler
18. There’s just something more special about Fall.
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons”—Jim Bishop
19. This is the season of the most perfect weather.
“I cannot endure to waste something as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house”—Nathaniel Hawthorne
20. It’s a season of magic.
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of first September was crisp and golden as an apple”—J.K. Rowling
21. There’s a reason why so many people are passionate about it.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I was a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns”—George Eliot
22. Fall is the season of giving, in more ways than one … and that’s okay.
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go”—Unknown
23. Other languages have specific words for it.
“Rudeneja (v.): the way the nature and/ or the weather begins to feel like autumn”—Lithuanian word
24. We have a lot to learn from nature, especially in the fall.
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”—Rumi
25. Even a short description is specific enough to stimulate all the senses.
“A distinct smell … a mixture of the dried leaves on the ground and the smoke from the chimneys and the sweet ripe apples”—Unknown
26. For those of us that welcome the end of summer.
“I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. The moody hues and subdued palette punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye”—Alys Fowler
27. … because when summer ends, it ends quickly.
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall”—Oscar Wilde
28. Underrated months come into their own.
“November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December, the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls, and the shapes of the trees are revealed, when the earth imperceptibly wakes, and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent”—Alison Uttley
29. You get to see little miracles you can’t see any other time of the year.
“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day”—Shira Tamir
30. And you yourself get to appreciate those miracles.
“The leaves are changing; I feel poetry in the air”—Laura Jaworski
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Alison Cerri is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.